The Paula Pfeffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest

The Paula Pfeffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest provides Columbia College Chicago students with an opportunity to become political and social commentators, demonstrate their artistic skills and showcase their analytical abilities. The annual contest winners receive a certificate and a monetary prize.

Sam Pfeffer, Emeritus Trustee at Columbia College Chicago, endowed the contest and named it after his wife, Paula, and Cheryl Johnson-Odim, then the dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Housed in the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department, the competition is sponsored by the Office of the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with The Columbia Chronicle.

The annual contest winners receive a certificate and a monetary prize: $550 for first place, $450 for second place, $350 for third place, and two honorable mentions of $250 each.

The annual contest winners will be honored on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in an awards ceremony.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 4, 2019. For submissions information, please see below. 

For more information, contact Dr. Teresa Prados-Torreira, tprados-torreira@colum.edu or 312-369-7567.

  • Submissions Information

    Both single-panel and multi-panel cartoons are acceptable for this contest. Submitted cartoons must be drawn or printed on 8.5x11 white paper. Please include your full name, address, phone number, student ID number, and email address on the back of the entry. You can submit up to five cartoons, and you can win more than one prize if you submit more than one cartoon.

    Hand-deliver or mail your submissions by April 4 to:

    Oscar Valdez
    Re: Political Cartoon Contest
    Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department
    624 S. Michigan Ave.
    10th floor, Suite 1000
    Chicago, IL 60605